With Software As a Service,
Is Only the Network Luddite Free?

Bradley M. Kuhn

Saturday 10 September 2011

In The Beginning …

Ye Ol’ Four Freedoms

… Then Freedom Eluded Us

Who Invented Licensing?

Some think he did:

As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software. … [If] software is something to share … You prevent good software from being written.

Who Fixed this Problem?

Who Fixed this Problem?


MIT AI Lab: The Golden Age


MIT changed.


patents == $$$


spin-offs == $$$


Internet changes little (to start)

Email: The MTA

Email: The MUA

The Great Fear: SaaS

A New Era of Computing?

Anyone know what this is?

New Era: Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing: What changed?

Email becomes Gmail

Talk about Obfuscated!

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The Javascript Problem

JavaScript is an assembly language. JavaScript + HTML is like a .NET assembly. The browser can execute it, but no human should care what’s there.

— Erik Meijer of Microsoft on 5 July 2011.

Users and “The Cloud”

Users and “The Cloud”

Even Worse Than Proprietary Apps and OS’es

The Bigger Challenge

How Do We Start?

New Code’s Needed, Too

Projects to Look At

License To Look At

Techniques to Look At

“Future” of the Cloud

More Info and This Talk’s License

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